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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 4:07pm

Climate change is real. We may want to deny that fact; however, the evidence appears all around us. We are not helpless in this fight to raise awareness of the reality nor are we helpless if the next phase is violent storms. There are things we can do to endure whatever is ahead. Humans are adaptable and make adjustments beyond our imagining. 

Watching films of people living north of the Arctic Circle, of the things they learned how to do in face of constant ice and snow is a lesson in adaptability. They survived! The films of the people living in the most parched places of the planet and how they found food and liquid enough to survive is a testimony to the survival drive of Homo sapiens. 

I am positive the changes will be difficult. New skills need to be developed, new awareness of symptoms of different kinds of problems will emerge. I am already seeing differences in the need for water and then protection as the hot and cold waves sweep through. 

I planted hundreds of seeds in the Newport garden and most of them died from the cold and wet soil. Radishes came up, but then they come up even when I don't plant them. Radishes have some mysterious quality to makes them endure. Maybe goddidit!

Imagine the people when the last Ice Age began! They had to adjust. Imagine the people of the Great Plains when the drought hit. They had to adjust. 

Imagine the people of the pueblos when that drought came. They had to adjust. 

Imagine the people of the Great Plains when the drought hit. They had to adjust. 

We will have to adjust and we can do one hell of a good job at doing it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 3:47pm

Carl, your cartoon is right on target. That is the way I looked when I was decorated by the Newport Hospital technical staff. Tubes, monitors, regulators, and 3:00 AM "vitals check" as I am sure you endured. It is quite a science to keep people alive. I especially appreciate all the people who insert and install and monitor all those needles, probes and instruments into every orifice and vein that seems to disappear when the needle approaches. The nurses laughed, at my veins ... "Now you see them; now you don't!"
It is quite a science to keep people alive. I especially appreciate all the people who insert and install and monitor all those needles, probes and instruments into every orifice and vein that seems to disappear when the needle approaches. The nurses laughed, at my veins ... "Now you see them; now you don't!" I especially appreciate all the people who insert and install and monitor all those needles, probes and instruments into every orifice and vein that seems to disappear when the needle approaches. The nurses laughed at my veins ... "Now you see them; now you don't!"

I especially appreciate all the people who insert and install and monitor all those needles, probes and instruments into every orifice and vein that seems to disappear when the needle approaches. The nurses laughed at my veins ... "Now you see them; now you don't!"

I must confess, not one of those needle jabs hurt! The needles are so small and sharp, and the technicians so well trained, it was a pleasure breathing the needles into my body and watching the chemicals or blood going where the technician wanted them to go. 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 6, 2015 at 1:24pm

Comment by Plinius on June 6, 2015 at 1:19am

I often wonder how you keep it up Ruth, thinking about the climate all the time. I'm very concerned about the climate, but I take it in small doses so I don't get overwhelmed. Household recycling etc. are routines, and I feel a coward for feeling good about not having children. I'm still responsible for what happens to the other children and the animals.

I'm glad your husband is getting better. Much easier for you too! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 5, 2015 at 10:08pm

Thanks for the info on Queen Maxima.

As for "I do wonder, if there was a white male Democratic president at this time, if the Republicans would be more willing to work together amongst themselves and with the Democrats." I don't give the Republicans that much credit. These anti-government now-nothing puppets of Wall Street and Fossil Fuel interests may be held together by racist glue, but they'd still go full throttle against a Caucasian male president. Remember how they acted toward the Clintons?

I'm anxious, still in the process of emotionally digesting some climate news.

On the bright side, my husband can drive again and is off warfarin.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 5, 2015 at 8:34am

I have to amend that. He actually said Every good Christian [oxymoron, I know] ought to kick Falwell right in the [whatever].

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 5, 2015 at 7:13am

@Sk8eycat: Barry Goldwater once commented that someone ought to give Jerry Falwell a kick in the ass. Supposedly the real comment referred to Falwell's gonads, but the media cleaned it up for prime time. 

Comment by Plinius on June 5, 2015 at 1:16am

Thanks Carl. Maxima is really continuing the power-dressing style her mother-in-law started. Beatrix always wears enormous GET-OUT-OF-MY-WAY hats 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2015 at 11:14pm

Chris, I thought you may appreciate this article.

10 Things To Know About Dutch Queen Maxima Before She Hits Chicago

Comment by sk8eycat on June 4, 2015 at 9:45pm

If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.
I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism."

Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)

Believe it or not, that was Barry Goldwater...the last GOPher with a brain.

 

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